Eric Phillips serves as President of Affiliate Distribution at Discovery. He is responsible for the strategic oversight and distribution of Discovery’s domestic portfolio U.S. networks and two wholly-owned networks in Canada across all platforms. Under his leadership of the company’s award-winning Domestic Distribution team, Phillips has driven growth of Discovery’s networks and content with cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. He was instrumental in increasing Investigation Discovery’s distribution from 55M to over 85M homes.
Phillips has been at the center of Discovery’s efforts to expand its reach through the launch of HD, VOD, U.S. Hispanic, mobile, download-to-own, SVOD and web-native content and has led TV everywhere roll outs and network launches on over-the-top platforms. In 2014, Phillips was named Affiliate Sales Person of the Year by Cablefax. Prior to his role as President of Affiliate Distribution, Phillips held a dual position as Executive Vice President of Distribution and Executive Vice President/COO of Discovery Education. At Discovery Education, Phillips led sales, strategic business development, budget and operations through a period of rapid growth and change. His work was critical to making Discovery Education a global leader in providing educators with digital resources to enrich the classroom.
Before joining Discovery in 2002, Phillips worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling practicing corporate law. He also served as a law clerk for U.S. Federal Appeals Court Judge Diana E. Murphy and worked on Capitol Hill as an aide handling media, technology, commerce, civil rights and education issues. Phillips holds a Bachelor Degree from Oberlin College and a law degree from the University of Michigan.